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Opportunities for Training and Education Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) supports a variety of education and training opportunities for health professionals. For more information, please contact the person or office listed.

Medical Informatics
Online Searching - Training for Librarians and Information Specialists
Library/Information Science Training

Medical Informatics

University-based Training Programs: The National Library of Medicine supports research training in biomedical informatics at selected educational institutions in the United States. These programs offer graduate education and postdoctoral research experiences in a wide range of areas including: health care informatics, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, and public health informatics. Many programs also offer additional tracks in areas such as imaging and dental informatics. The organizations funded to do this training are responsible for the selection of trainees; questions about eligibility, program specifics, and levels of support should be addressed to the programs themselves. See the program Web site for the location and contact information for these training programs.

Biotechnology: For recent doctoral graduates, the National Research Council Research Associateship Program provides an opportunity for concentrated research in association with selected members of the NCBI scientific staff. For details, contact David Lipman, M.D., NCBI, NLM (301-496-2475).

Woods Hole: The Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, conducts an NLM sponsored one-week course in Biomedical Informatics yearly. Thirty trainees are selected from applicants in health professions, research, and librarianship. They receive intensive hands-on experience with a variety of medical information systems, including medical informatics, expert systems, and molecular biology databases. Trainees have most costs covered.

Toxicology Training for Minority Serving Institutions: NLM's Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) supports training at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions to strengthen the capacity of medical, health professional and science faculty, staff and students in the use of toxicological, environmental, occupational and hazardous wastes information resources developed at NLM. Contact OSPB at tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov for more information.

Medical Informatics Elective: The Computer Science Branch, LHNCBC, conducts an eight-week elective in Medical Informatics, as part of NIH's Clinical Electives Program. Each spring this elective combines an extensive seminar series by senior figures in the field with an independent research project under the preceptorship of an NIH professional. Eight to fourteen fourth-year medical students are admitted each year. Details, contact Paul Fontelo, MD, LHNCBC (301-435-3265).

Medical Informatics Training Program: LHNCBC conducts a Medical Informatics Training Program to provide support for faculty members, postdoctoral scientists, graduate students, undergraduate students for research participation at the Center for visits of a few months to several years. Details, contact Paul Fontelo, MD, LHNCBC (301-435-3265).

Online Searching - Training for Librarians and Information Specialists

Web-Based Training:

The PubMed Tutorial: The self-paced, interactive PubMed Tutorial is useful to the casual, first-time, PubMed searcher as well as to the more experienced PubMed searcher. You can also reach the tutorial by clicking "PubMed Tutorials" from the PubMed homepage under “Using PubMed.”

Quick Tours: These brief animated tutorials with audio narration illustrate specific features of selected NLM products.

Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) User Education: A variety of training and educational resources for UMLS users are available at the UMLS User Education page.

For additional Web-based training products, see the Distance Education Resources page.

PubMed for Trainers
The class is intended specifically for those who train, or will train, others to use PubMed. PubMed for Trainers is held in 4 sessions, 3 online sessions and 1 in person session. This hands-on course consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with approximately 2-3 hours of independent work to be done outside of class time.

This class is for U.S. domestic searchers. There are no fees for training but students must cover their own travel and lodging. Classes are held throughout the United States. The training schedule and other details are available from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

PubMed for Librarians (Online Class)
This online class consists of five segments (one hour each). Participants can choose any or all of the five segments including: Introduction to PubMed; Automatic Term Mapping (ATM); Building and Refining Your Search; Customization with My NCBI; and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). This class is for U.S. domestic searchers and is free. The training schedule and other details are available from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

Teaching with Technology: Tips, Techniques and Tools (Online Class)
This course will acquaint attendees with information about using technology tools for teaching distance learning courses. Options and best practices for asynchronous and synchronous distance classes, as well as “blended” classes that offer both in-person and online options will be discussed. Adult learning principles will be reviewed. Examples of software and website tools in teaching will be examined and discussed.

The class is taught "asynchronously" using the Moodle course management system including 4 weeks of assignments, readings, and discussions. This class is for U.S. domestic searchers and is free. The training schedule and other details are available from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

TOXNET and Beyond
This full-day class is designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM TOXNET, a web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. Among the databases highlighted are TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus. This class is for U.S. domestic searchers. There are no fees for training but students must cover their own travel and lodging. Classes are held throughout the United States. The training schedule and other details are available from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC).

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI
This bioinformatics training class is a workshop for librarians on NCBI tools and resources consisting of an online pre-course and a five-day in-person course held at the National Library of Medicine. The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Participating in this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. U.S. librarians must complete an application process for possible selection to attend this course. For further details, please see the course information page.

Library/Information Science Training

Library Associate Program: Each year NLM offers up to eight one-year postgraduate training fellowships to recent graduates of an ALA-accredited library school. Fellows spend a year at NLM training for future leadership positions in medical librarianship. Associate Fellows are offered an optional second year at another health sciences library or information center. For an application and details see the Associate Program web site or contact the Associate Fellowship Program.

Indexing: NLM offers an online training course for those preparing to index biomedical journals for MEDLINE®. Trainees are chosen from NLM staff, those who work for NLM's contractors, and those who will become indexers at non-U.S. MEDLARS Centers. Training is followed by an extensive apprenticeship in indexing under guidance of senior indexers. More information: Head, Index Section, Bibliographic Services Division, NLM.